Doug Sundheim wrote in Fast Company about the beauty of risk-taking. He has been going around asking people, “When in your life did you feel most alive?” Invariably they respond with a story about taking a risk and overcoming a fear. Sundheim calls it the “gift of risk” that you can give to yourself. To understand why it’s a gift, read on and learn that “The gift of risk-taking doesn’t lie in what you achieve by risking – it lies in who you become as a result of the process. Confident. Engaged. Alive.”
Risk is its own reward. It is the process of becoming more than you were before that matters. Whether or not you succeed at what you risk isn’t relevant. (OK, death-defying acts excepted.) You become a more complete person just by the very act of exiting your comfort zone.
Thanks to Anthony Cerminaro for helping me find this article.